Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Mary: You can get excellent map of the Burren by Tim Robinson from 'Folding Landscapes' and Amazon, I think.
Here are places to visit - very unchanged except for a few appalling houses during Ireland's recent affluence.
Book 1 Poulnabrone, the judgement place and the law school at Cahermacnaghten - the ruins are there still.
Book 2: Noughaval with the market cross and Oughtmama - steep climb but interesting
Book 3: Newtown Castle - nice walk above it.
Book 4: Corcomroe Abbey - with the wonderful carvings
Book 5: Leamaneh Castle - magnificent ruin
Book 6: Caherconnell, the O'Davoren physician's house open to public
Book 7: Boat trip to Aran Islands from Doolin.
Book 12: Fanore Beach - wonderful place for children and adults - surfing and scenery.
Enjoy your holiday!

Tue Feb 17 09:28:58 2015

 
Mary S Leighton writes from USA
I will be travelling to Ireland for a week in July with my son and his family (wife, children 9 and 6). They have agreed to indulge me in finding a B&B near the Burren, so I can see the settings of the mysteries I love to read. Where are the places that look today something like the settings of your books?

Mon Feb 16 16:38:28 2015

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Sorry for the delay in writing, Claire. I was just finishing off my 14th Mara book - which will be my 50th published book!

I'm very flattered that you use 'My Lady Judge' in your classes. sorry about the bits of Irish. Could you send me anything that puzzles you. I'm afraid that I don't have a very clear memory of book 1 and I'm so busy at the moment that I haven't time to re-read it. I did skim through last night, but couldn't find anything that wasn't explained (or self-explanatory) except for 'ocaire' and 'boaire' - meaning, what's called here in Ireland 'a small farmer' and 'a stout farmer'. Hope that makes sense.

Wed Feb 11 07:05:47 2015

 
Claire Altheuser writes from USA
Your first Burren mystery is one that I have included in the curriculum for the "History Through Mystery Class" which I am leading. Is there somewhere that I can find a glossary of the Irish terms that you used throughout the book? I have been able to find a few but not too many. It would help the American readers greatly. The series is a wonderful one. Would that the world would adopt the Brehon law. It was so humane.

Fri Feb 6 19:25:30 2015

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I hope that one day, Gary, you will get a chance to visit the reality - so much more beautiful than I, or Google, can convey.
Many thanks for writing. I hope that you enjoy the rest of the book.

Wed Feb 4 14:15:15 2015

 
Gary Sease writes from USA
I have read all of the Mara from the Burren series and am now reading the latest, "Condemmed to Death". I am just early into it, but like all the previous books, absolutely love it. I find myself toggling back and forth between the book and Google Earth to hone in on the actual geography Cora is describing. It makes the wonderful books that much more real.

Thank you.

Tue Feb 3 23:10:44 2015

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
That's very interesting. I have read that the Brehon laws have a foundation in Indo-European laws and were brought by the Celts when they arrived in Ireland.
Glad you're enjoying 'Verdict of the Court' - just off to look you up and the book that you quoted.
Many thanks for writing.

Fri Jan 30 10:16:49 2015

 
Sabra J. Webber writes from USA
Dear Ms.Harrison:
I am just finishing "Verdict of the Court" and thought I would share a quote I used in "Folklore Unbound." E. S. Hartland in his 1904 book on folklore wrote that an understanding of the folk laws governing land use in India would have shed light on the Irish system, but instead, “we [the English] went in with a rough hand and broke up the fabric of Irish society. . . . Elizabethan lawyers were utterly ignorant of any system of law except their own” (29).

I'm sorry to be finishing "Verdict of the Court." It's a wonderful book.

Thu Jan 29 23:37:23 2015

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Interesting! I wonder whether other readers would agree with you, Rodney.
Fanore beach on the Burren, with the its orange sands and the mountain stream that crosses the beach, and the grey-black slabs of limestone is such an interesting place that I have wanted to write about it for a long time. It is somewhat remote from the centre of the Burren, perhaps nearer to west Corcomroe, but nevertheless part of the kingdom where Mara administers justice in the name of the ruler, King Turlough Donn, king of the three kingdoms, Thomond, Corcomroe and Burren.

Tue Jan 27 17:58:27 2015

 
Rodney writes from Wales UK.
Cora......I have just finished reading Condemned to Death with great pleasure......a common factor for the whole series......thank you for hours of entertainment.

HOWEVER......I have long had something of a soft spot for young Finbar as a series character and as he is not yet buried I strongly vote for his unexpected.....surprise revival....to the astonishment of all his friends.

Finbar is not really a bad boy......mearly unlucky.....and all his friends and a host of readers would love to see his cheeky smile again.

Sun Jan 25 16:59:40 2015

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Happy New Year, Joe.

I'm glad you know Fanore. I think that it is a beautiful spot and I so enjoyed writing about it. I hope you managed to find the ruins of your ancestral castle at Gregans, as well as the later-built one at Gleninagh.

I enjoyed writing this book very much and was so pleased to see that the reviewer at the PW Magazine says about it: 'Harrison has never been better'.

Wed Dec 31 22:09:47 2014

 
Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
Hi Cora,
Despite Amazon listing Condemned to Death as "available Feb 1" in the US, I got it just before Christmas!
A rich read for me, especially since I'd stayed at a hostel on the Fanore shore just before climbing over Black Head and, (missing the goat trail) down over ledges and brambles by the seat of my pants to the O'Loughlin tower house at Gleninagh.
Your exploration of Mara's preoccupation with perseverating on clues while missing other drama sounded so much like my own stumbling about.
Seemed very human.
Bon apetit to all readers.
Thanks,

Joe O'Laughlin

Wed Dec 31 15:05:07 2014

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
It's nice to hear from you, Rita. Yes, Mara, and I, have got older. The book that I have just written (not yet published) has her celebrating her fiftieth birthday and her son, Cormac, is now thirteen years old. My last published book, in the UK, is 'Condemned to Death' and it is set at the beach at Fanore - don't know whether you have visited it when you were holidaying here, but it is one of my favourite spots on the Burren.
I wish you all the best for Christmas and for the new year.

Fri Dec 5 07:35:44 2014

 
rita davern writes from USA
A warm hello, Cora, and hats off to you for continuing on with this wonderful spyglass into the history of the Burren! After being away from Mara and friends for too long, I am about to start from the beginning and read the whole series from start to finish.

Thanks for sharing your great imagination and brilliant writing with the world!

Thu Dec 4 23:52:48 2014

 
Cora Harrison
That would be wonderful, I am most grateful for your support.

Mon Nov 3 19:22:04 2014

 
Kathleen Carrow Ingram writes from US
Just now tweeted this: "Voted for "Verdict of the Court" in the Opening Round of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards, Cora Harrison..It was a write in but loved it!
Kathleen

Mon Nov 3 15:28:43 2014

 
Cora Harrison
Thanks for your interest

Fri Oct 31 18:47:08 2014

 
Dhandara writes from Brasil
Mrs. Cora Harrison is with immense pleasure I get in contact with you one hundred , is the first writer to speak in my life , I'm Brazilian , and I just read his book, "I was the best friend of Jane Austen ," ours is perfect! Love stories like this, I wonder if the continuation of the book is available in Portuguese ?! I await news . Thanks in advance .
Regards ,

Dhandara Alcantara Silva Carletti

Wed Oct 29 18:51:14 2014

 
Prish Hawkes
I can't wait... please finish it soon!

Thu Oct 23 19:29:52 2014

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you for such a lovely message, Prish. It's easy to write about the Burren as I find it such a beautiful place.
As for Mara, she seems to have become one of my best friends. I feel that I know her through and through and can always tell what she is going to say or to do.
My next Mara book is about a valley in the Burren, and I hope you find that as evocative.

Thu Oct 23 12:05:26 2014

 
Prish Hawkes
Dear Cora
I have just finished reading Condemned to Death... I enjoy the Mara Mysteries so much; your research is so detailed ,the descriptions of the Burran are so evocative and beautiful and the story line so exciting that one is transported effortlessly into Mara's world and to the stirring events taking place! I found it really hard to put Condemned to Death down and had to keep reading and reading until I have reached the final chapter. I felt that the conclusion was a little darker than usual but but so sensitively and well written . Thank you Cora for a great read!

Wed Oct 22 17:03:04 2014

 
Kathleen Carrow Ingram writes from US
Cora

I came to check on everything after finishing "Condemned to Death" for NetGalley and getting a premonition which my Irish greats called "the Sight".. I did love it but it made me a bit sad and felt from Mara that changes were coming. Looking around perhaps I was correct..It was an awesome book! but Mara may have plans?

Getting ready to Blog about the book as the preorder links are up

My gosh I did not tell you about my trip to Ireland. I have wondrous pictures of myself and cousin Patricia sitting atop our 13C ancestral tower house at Fantstown Limerick..

Yes I loved Bunratty and chattered on about Turlough.. We were then enroute back to Shannon.

My cousins who now own the castle at Fantstown were awesome and John who is owner/farmer of thet land also is farm manager at a famous stud 2 miles away and we visited with Istabraq and Sean Connery's horse Risk of Thunder aka "Risky".

Sun Oct 19 18:46:37 2014

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
@i'm delighted that I've made another convert to the beauties of the Burren. It's been a fantastic September here and to drive past Cahermacnaghten down the corkscrew mountain road with the limestone gleaming silver and the very blue sea ahead of you is an experience that I never tire of.

re pronunciation, there is a wonderful English/Irish dictionary on the Internet and if you turn on your speaker, you can actually hear the word spoken. A fantastic resource! However, so many people seem to want it, that I must talk to the publisher about a phonic guide - I never like these things much - they look so uncouth, but obviously we're not all alike.

Hope you enjoy 'Condemned to Death' - just out in the UK. It's set on a most beautiful beach in the north-west corner of the Burren and one of my very favourite spots.

Thu Oct 16 10:37:01 2014

 
Kim Bradley writes from Saskatchewan, Canada
Hello, Cora. My wife and I were recently introduced to your Burren mysteries and enjoy them immensely. We read them aloud to one another (while driving together or washing dishes) and, like Sandra, we were really hoping that you had published a pronunciaton guide. We will make our first journey to Ireland in 2015 and hope to see something of the Burden. Thank you for these stories.

Wed Oct 15 03:19:41 2014

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Sandra,
I'm delighted to sense that, for you, as for me, Mara has reality. I think of her as one of my friends.
re pronunciation, I have to make a terrible confession that I am useless at Irish, myself.
However, one of the wonders of the modern world is the Internet and if you type a word into Google and have your speaker switched on, then it will say it aloud, so very much better than all of those convoluted phonics.

From my very limited knowledge taoiseach is pronounced teeshock; tigherna is teerne

Do try Google though - it's marvellous.

CONDEMNED TO DIE is my next book to come out and this morning at 9:00 a.m. I shall start work on A FATAL INHERITANCE.

Mon Sep 15 06:45:08 2014

 
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